ST. PETERSBURG - Engelbert Humperdinck, known for his recordings of the most romantic ballads to the platinum-selling theme song, “Lesbian Seagull” for the Beavis and Butthead Do America movie, will be in concert in St. Petersburg at The Mahaffey Theater on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
The concert is presented by The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts.
Humperdinck, born Arnold George Dorsey, was known on stage as “Gerry Dorsey” and took the name, Engelbert Humperdinck, a 19th century German composer of operas, on the suggestion of his manager in the mid-1960s. It was Humperdinck, not Elvis, that made famous the sideburns and flamboyant leather jumpsuits.
His 1967 signature tune, “Release Me (And Let Me Love Again") from his debut album was a number one hit in 11 countries and appeared on the British charts for 56 weeks, preventing the Beatles’ double A-side release, “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever,” from reaching the top position.
It was his voice, a legend in the music industry for the last 40 years, that has endeared him to global audiences of all ages including royalty, presidents and heads of states. Humperdinck has released more than 80 albums of ballads earning 63 Gold, 24 Platinum record awards, four Grammy nominations and a Golden Globe for “Entertainer of the Year” (1988).
During his concert tour, Engelbert Humperdinck will debut a virtual duet with Elton John and other selections from his upcoming Duets CD along with iconic songs from his vast catalogue, such as: “Release Me,” “Spanish Eyes,” “There Goes My Everything,” “The Last Waltz,” “Am I that Easy to Forget,” “A Man without Love,” “Quando, Quando, Quando,“ “Ten Guitars” and “After the Lovin.”
Duets with Grammy winning producer Martin Terefe features tracks of the consummate entertainer singing with Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Charles Aznavour and Kenny Rogers.
“Humper,” while staying true to his core audiences who love his romantic love songs, is attracting new fans through The Dance Album (Billboard Dance Chart Top Ten) and has re-recorded “Ten Guitars” with innovative surf band, The Break.
Tickets for Engelbert Humperdinck are $39, $49, $59 and $69 and can be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727-893-7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.